Ignition Park sits on the grounds of the former Studebaker Corporation, the legendary auto manufacturer that was the economic and innovative backbone of South Bend until closing its doors in 1963. Since 2000, old abandoned buildings on the Ignition Park site have been demolished in the state’s most aggressive brownfield reclamation effort to make way for a high-tech manufacturing, commercialization and office complex of buildings arrayed in a park like environment.
Since work began on Ignition Park, several million dollars have been invested to outfit the park with new streets, curbs, utilities, and lighting. The City has also designed the infrastructure to include two redundant utility loops to ensure continuous service and maximum efficiency. The first is an electric power grid; the second is the Metronet, a dark fiber network (http://www.metronetzing.org/). These investments have resulted in a strong infrastructure and a state of the art environment, perfect for existing and new tech companies looking to grow.